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meeting parliament, at a time, when the late elections afforded an opportunity of receiving the most certain information of the disposition and wishes of the people, to which his majesty was always inclined to pay the utmost attention and regard. The other obječts of the speech were, to state, in a full point of view, the arduous situation of public affairs; the formidable nature, the injustice, and the dangerous views, of that vast combination of force, which was formed against us in support of the American rebellion. The whole force and faculties of the French and Spanish monarchies

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as well as honour, not to desert her allies, or to leave them exposed to our collected efforts, in a war undertaken for her advantage. But if it were otherwise, she was now too closely connected with, and too much dependent on France, to have it in her power to enter into a separate treaty with Great Britain.

Our fituation was undoubtedly difficult and perilous ; but, if our native courage did not do it, we might learn from the example of other wise and powerful nations, never to despond in any circumstances; but to expect the happy effects of fortitude even in the most adverse situations, Nor, in truth, was the heterogeneous confederacy formed against us, although undoubtedly in a very high degree powerful, by any means so tremendous and alarming as was represented and imagined. disunion, and many other faults common to all confederacies, this was composed of powers, which, in the nature of things, were the most unlikely, if not utterly incapable, of coalescing, for any

continuance, with cordiality, that

ever were, or that possibly could be brought together. The Spaniards had the strongest natural aversion, cherished by the accumulated prejudices of all ages, both to the people and country of France. And could it be supposed or believed, that the Protestant republicans of North America, who were more zealously attached to their religious and political principles than perhaps any other civilized people, and who were fighting against their parent country and their own blood for

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